Archive for February, 2010

This Week in the Circuit: Harlem Renaissance Week Four

Our celebration of the Harlem Renaissance comes to an end this week. We hope you have enjoyed it and found your next read! Make sure you check out these last posts.

February 22, 2010   Michelle’s Masterful Musings When Washington Was in Vogue by Edward Christopher Williams

February 23, 20101  BrownGirl BookSpeak There Is Confusion by Jessie Fauset

February 24, 2010    Wuthering Expectations The Conjure Woman by Charles Chesnutt

February 25, 2010    Linus’s Blanket Stories by Zora Neale Hurston

February 26, 2010    My Friend Amy Quicksand by Nella Larson

February 26, 2010   things mean a lot Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston

February 27, 2010    Bookgazing Gentleman Jigger by Bruce Nugent

February 28, 2010    BookLust The House Behind the Cedars by Charles Chesnutt

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I Love Paris in the Spring: Zola Sign Up Open

The Classics Circuit is pleased to announce that your vote for Paris in the Spring authors was a tie! Since both Emile Zola and Alexandre Dumas are well worth reading and discussing, both French authors will tour the Circuit this Spring.

Sign up is now open for the Emile Zola tour. If you aren’t familiar with Zola’s works, come read about some of his best known works: we’ve collected comments about them from around the blogosphere.

Sign up for the Tour now!

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This Week in the Tour: Harlem Renaissance Week Three

The Harlem Renaissance tour continues this week by visiting the following sites.

February 15, 2010   Nonsuch Book Harlem Renaissance poetry from Fire!

February 16, 2010   Notes from the North The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

February 17, 2010   Becky’s Book Reviews Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston

February 17, 2010   Notorious Spinks Talks Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance by Bruce Nugent and the movie Brother to Brother

February 18, 2010   The Things We Read Passing by Nella Larsen

February 19, 2010   Reviews by Lola Passing by Nella Larsen

February 20, 2010  Gimme More Books! The Conjure-Man Dies by Rudolph Fisher

February 21, 2010   book-a-rama Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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I Love Paris in the Spring Time: Vote for the April Circuit

We love Paris in the springtime, and in April we will be traveling to Paris to visit one of these four classic nineteenth century French authors.

  • Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) is one of the most widely read French novelists today. His historical novels of high adventure were often serialized, capturing the attention of the French public then and entertaining generations still.
  • Victor Hugo (1802-1885) contributed largely to the romantic movement in France, through his essays, stories, novels, poetry, and plays. His works focus on the social and political issues of his time. Although most well known in France for his poetry, his novels (such as Les Miserables) are more well known outside of the country.
  • George Sand (1804-1876) was the pen name for Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, who is called the first female novelist of France. Although she lived an unorthodox life for nineteenth century France, Sand did not describe herself as a feminist. Her fiction focuses on the restrictions and challenges that women face because of social class and gender.
  • Emile Zola (1840-1902) became an important contributor to the literary school of naturalism. He wrote numerous short stories, four plays, and more than a dozen books. His books focus on how environment and heredity inevitably affect human character.

Which author would you like to visit the Circuit in April?


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The Harlem Renaissance on Tour: Week Two

See where the Harlem Renaissance visits this week!

February 8, 2010   Sparks’ Notes Plum Bun by Jessie Redmon Fauset

February 9, 2010   The Zen Leaf Jonah’s Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston

February 10, 2010  Books and Chocolate Passing by Nella Larsen

February 11, 2010   Laura’s Reviews Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

February 11, 2010   Musings The Ways of White Folks: Stories by Langston Hughes

February 12, 2010   Bibliosue Home to Harlem by Claude McKay

February 13, 2010   Rebecca Reads Black No More by George Schuyler

February 14, 2010   eclectic / eccentric Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance by Bruce Nugent and an overview of African-American homosexuality during the Renaissance

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Georgette Heyer on Tour: March 2010

Beginning Monday March 1, 2010, Georgette Heyer will be going on a virtual tour of the blogosphere. Check out these participating blogs where you’ll find reviews of a number her works, as well as general information posts about this classic author.

March 1, 2010 One Librarian’s Book Reviews Review: Frederica
March 1, 2010 Austenprose Review: Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester
March 2, 2010 Enchanted by Josephine Review: Beauvallet
March 3, 2010 Books and Chocolate Review: Behold, Here’s Poison
March 3, 2010 Michelle’s Masterful Musings Review: Devil’s Cub
March 4, 2010 Sparks’ Notes Review: Friday’s Girl
March 5, 2010 Tales from the Reading Room Review: The Private World of Georgette Heyer by Jane Aiken Hodge
March 6, 2010 BookNAround Review: The Grand Sophy
March 7, 2010 Windy Ridge Books Review: Why Shoot a Butler?
March 8, 2010 A Striped Armchair Review: The Unknown Ajax
March 8, 2010 A Book Lover Review: The Convenient Marriage
March 9, 2010 First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice Review: The Black Sheep
March 10, 2010 Bibliosue Review: The Unfinished Clue and Royal Escape
March 11, 2010 Fleur Fisher Reads Review: No Wind of Blame
March 12, 2010 Reviews by Lola Review: Frederica
March 12, 2010 Reading, Writing, Working, Playing Review: Envious Casca
March 13, 2010 Life Is a Patchwork Quilt Review: My Lord John
March 14, 2010 Jenny’s Books Review: The Grand Sophy
March 15, 2010 Booklust Review: Penhallow
March 16, 2010 Carol’s Notebook Review: Cotillion
March 16, 2010 Musings Review: These Old Shades
March 17, 2010 Reading Adventures Review: Devil’s Cub
March 18, 2010 Blog Jar Review: Royal Escape
March 19, 2010 Reading, Writing and Retirement Review: Friday’s Child
March 20, 2010 Staircase Wit Review: The Grand Sophy or Devil’s Cub
March 21, 2010 Medieval Bookworm Review: Cotillion
March 22, 2010 Bibliolatry Review: Footsteps in the Dark
March 22, 2010 Linus’s Blanket Review: Frederica
March 23, 2010 Laura’s Reviews Review: The Foundling
March 24, 2010 Kay’s Bookshelf Undecided Heyer
March 25, 2010 Queen of Happy Endings Review: Arabella or Friday’s Child or The Grand Sophy or Cousin Kate
March 26, 2010 A Few More Pages Review: The Nonesuch
March 27, 2010 A Reader’s Respite Review: The Conquerer
March 28, 2010 Tell Me a Story Review: Faro’s Daughter or The Grand Sophy or Devil’s Cub or Arabella or The Talisman Ring
March 28, 2010 Stephanie’s Confessions of a Bookaholic Review: Footsteps in the Dark or Why Shoot a Butler?
March 29, 2010 Sasha & the Silverfish Review: Arabella
March 30, 2010 Becky’s Book Reviews Review: Venetia or Sylvester
March 30, 2010 Shelf Love Review: A Civil Contract
March 31, 2010 book-a-rama Review: A Lady of Quality

Please note: If you are participating in this tour and the information above is incorrect or you need to make a change to your tour day, please let us know by leaving a comment or emailing rebecca[at]rebeccareid[dot]com or the Committee member who initially emailed you. Also, if you would like to be added to the schedule at this late point, let us know and we can still fit you in.

Compiled by Chris at book-a-rama.


Edith Wharton Circuit in Retrospect

Edith Wharton certainly enjoyed her tour of the blogosphere. Check out these great posts.

January 4, 2010 – Rebecca Reads Review: The Touchstone

January 5, 2010 – Shelf Love Review: Custom of the Country

January 5, 2010 –  Farm Lane Books Review: Age of Innocence

January 6, 2010 – The Zen Leaf Review: Summer

January 6, 2010 –  eclectic / eccentric Review: Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome

January 7, 2010 – Moored at Sea Review: The Fruit of the Tree

January 8, 2010 – Daily Words and Acts Review: The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

January 9, 2010 – Kay’s Bookshelf Review:  Age of Innocence

January 10, 2010 –  Fleur Fisher Reads Review: Sanctuary

January 11, 2010 –  Joyfully Retired Review:  On Writing Fiction

January 11, 2010andalucy Review: The House of Mirth

January 12, 2010 –  Laura’s Musings Review: The Reef and General thoughts on visiting The Mount

January 12, 2010 –  A Striped Armchair Review: Ethan Frome, Summer, and Bunner Sisters

January 13, 2010 –  book-a-rama Review: The Custom of the County

January 13, 2010 –  Just Add Books Review: Sanctuary

January 14, 2010 –  Reviews by Lola Review:  Ethan Frome

January 15, 2010 –  FLY HIGH! Review: The House of Mirth

January 15, 2010 –  TexasBookDiva Review : The Buccaneers

January 16, 2010 –  Laura’s Reviews Review: Madame de Treymes and Three Novellas

January 17, 2010 –  Athyrium filix-femina (The Lady Fern) Review: The Reef

January 18, 2010 –  Reading, Writing, Working, Playing Review: Ethan Frome

January 19, 2010 –  BookNAround Review: The Glimpses of the Moon

January 20, 2010 –  Notes from the North Review: House of Mirth

January 20, 2010 –  Books and Chocolate Review: Old New York

January 21, 2010 –  Bookgazing Review: The Buccaneers

January 22, 2010 –  So Many Books Biography: Edith Wharton by Hermione Lee

January 22, 2010 –  Carol’s Notebook Review: The Touchstone

January 23, 2010 –  Pining for the West Review:  The Age of Innocence

January 24, 2010 –  Life is a Patchwork Quilt Review: The Glimpses of the Moon

January 25, 2010 –  The Blog Jar Review: Ghost Stories

January 26, 2010 –  It’s All About Books Review: Ethan Frome

January 27, 2010 –  Sparks’ Notes Review: Summer

January 27, 2010 –  Caribousmom Review: The Writing of Fiction and The House of Mirth

January 28, 2010 –  Time Enough At Last Review: Madame de Tremyes

January 28, 2010 –  All the parts of my life Review: The Children

January 29, 2010 –  Medieval Bookworm Review: The Custom of the Country

January 31, 2010 –  Educating Petunia Review: Summer

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The Harlem Renaissance On Tour: Week One

February is finally here! To celebrate U.S. Black History month, we decided to host The Harlem Renaissance through the Classics Circuit. I am so excited to see thoughts on these classic works this week. Make sure you follow the tour by visiting these great blogs.

February 1, 2010   Shelf Love The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

February 2, 2010   Evening All Afternoon Cane by Jean Toomer

February 3, 2010   Daily Words and Acts Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

February 4, 2010   Paperback_Reader Passing and/or Quicksand by Nella Larsen

February 4, 2010   BookNAround The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories by Charles Chesnutt

February 5, 2010   A Striped Armchair The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man by James Weldon Johnson

February 6, 2010   Moored at Sea Overview: The relationship between the Harlem Renaissance and the Negritude movement of the French Colonies that grew from it.

February 6, 2010   Joyfully Retired His Eye is On the Sparrow by Ethel Waters (autobiography) and the life of Ethel Waters

February 7, 2010   Stephanie’s Confessions of a Book-a-Holic Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes or The Conjure Man Dies by Rudolph Fisher

The button for this month’s tour has a picture by Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas (1899-1979). He moved to Harlem in 1925 and his art was an important part of the Renaissance movement.

This picture is called “Song of the Towers.” It is a panel from the four-part mural Douglas painted for Fisk University called “Aspects of Negro Life.” I think it captures the artistic aspects of the Harlem Renaissance by making jazz music it’s icon.

I hope you enjoy the tour this week!

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